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2019 February Issue

Cowork project rejuvenates site in Edwardsville

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    Jay Beard didn’t envision a home away from home for local business people when he purchased a downtown Edwardsville building, but the subsequent renovation process nudged him toward the growing field of coworking space.    Now, he’s all in. The result, after what will be more than a million-dollar investment and months of…

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Online students backing SIUE’s new MBA offer

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    Graduate students appear solidly behind a new online MBA program begun this year at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.    “There’s been tremendous interest actually, beyond expectations,” said School of Business Dean Timothy Schoenecker. “So far, we have nearly 60 students that enrolled for the pure, online MBA program. In addition, we have had…

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Brewery/distillery transforms the news in Uptown Collinsville

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    When Derik and Whitney Reiser decided to turn the page, they opted for the local newspaper.    They bought the historic building that once housed the Collinsville Herald, transforming it cover to cover during a two-year, multi-million-dollar renovation.    The result is the Old Herald Brewery and Distillery, which opened Jan. 3 at 115…

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Leadership Council expands STEM, rebrands efforts to Building Workforce 2030

By ALAN J. ORTBALS    Four years ago, a collaborative effort called the Manufacture Your Future/Craft Your Future campaign was launched and coordinated by the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois along with its regional strategic partners, such as Southern Illinois Builders Association, designed to connect employers with students, teachers, parents and guidance counselors and other influencers to…

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Training essential to safe, skilled, productive workforce of Carpenters union

By ALAN J. ORTBALS    The Great Recession hit the carpenters union hard, according to Al Bond, Jr., executive secretary-treasurer of the St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council headquartered in St. Louis.    “We were in a recession for about seven years,” Bond said. “Construction is one of the first things to get hit when the economy…

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SIUE’s Center for STEM Research, Education and Outreach plans events

By ALAN J. ORTBALS    The Center for STEM Research, Education and Outreach at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville provides educational opportunities to engage students, teachers and parents in STEM. This spring, it is hosting two regional events that will bring hundreds of students from several states to the University to participate in STEM and present their…

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Southern Illinois Builders Association supports STEM to build workforce

By ALAN J. ORTBALS    The Southern Illinois Builders Association is working a multi-pronged strategy to attract young people to the construction industry where science, technology, engineering and math are its building blocks.    Each October, SIBA holds its Career Expo, which offers middle and high school students from schools across Southwestern Illinois the opportunity to get…

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Madison County schools camp scheduled in mid-June in Troy

By ALAN J. ORTBALS    The Madison County Regional Office of Education holds a weeklong STEM camp every summer for second- through sixth-graders and the number of participants keeps growing.    There were 90 students enrolled in the 2017 camp. That number jumped to more than 100 last year and there were another 36 on the waiting…

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